Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 | 5:53 p.m.
David Gallegos was released as head coach of the Basic baseball team this week, just a month before the high school season begins.
Gallegos said Basic administrators let him go Feb. 9 as the result of conflicts he had with parents.
Basic Athletic Administrator Greg Hunter confirmed that Gallegos was released but said he could not go into details of a personnel issue.
The team has continued intramural practices with assistant coaches.
Hunter said school administrators are looking to fill the open coaching position before the season opener against Las Vegas High on March 13.
Gallegos, who will continue working on Basic's teaching staff, had coached Wolves baseball since 2000 and was head coach in 2008, posting a 28-5 record.
His wife, Teresa Gallegos, is also on staff and is the girls basketball coach.
"My best memory was coaching a field full of players who loved baseball and loved to compete," he said. "This is hard on my family and my wife. Basic is our home."
Gallegos said the exact reasons for his release were not made clear. He had hoped to coach the baseball program for a long time, he said.
"The worst part is I feel like I let my family down," said Gallegos, whose two sons, who are in kindergarten and third grade, volunteered as bat boys. "The hardest part for me was to tell my sons we had to clear out their lockers."
Gallegos did not rule out returning to coaching but said he looks forward to some time away from the game.
Sean Ammerman can be reached at 990-2661 or firstname.lastname@example.org.